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Third Lane From the Left

April 9, 2012


We pulled out of our parking space at Woodland Lakes RV Park in Conroe/Woodlands at 8:00 am.  We had been to Hobby Airport in Houston on Saturday, and had scouted the route we would take through downtown Houston in the RV.  We had determined that we could get all the way through and at least to the Broadway exit to Hobby Airport by staying in the third lane from the left.  On Sunday, we made an interesting – and important – discovery.

We left the RV park in the Woodlands, got onto I-45 and moved into the third lane from the left.  During the next hour and a half, all the way to the exit for 61st Street in Galveston, we stayed in the same lane.  Except for passing some older idiot in a tiny sports car who was going 45 mph on the 65 mph highway, we never left that lane.  So if you’re ever passing through Houston, coming from the north, heading to Galveston in a big rig, you don’t have to worry about lane changes.  After you pass Conroe, get in the third lane from the left and stay there.  All the way.

This was Nell’s day.  The real beginning of her retirement.  When we crossed the causeway onto Galveston Island, we both felt a new excitement.  We had broken the bonds that had held us in place.  The grin on her face was priceless.  We had done it.   We now had new horizons to explore.

Our daughter Carol, and son-in-law Scott, along with our granddaughter Isabella, arrived as planned around 12:30.  Nell had been after Scott for some fishing time, and today he obliged her.  Because they live so close to the coast, Scott has become an avid fisherman.  He brought a full load of gear and some extra rods and reels, and spent time teaching her the ropes.

Here are a few images from the day:




I, on the other hand, tried to stay focused on the big picture


It was a good day, filled with the excitement of a new adventure, a walk on the beach, casual time with part of our grown kids, a little brieeze, a couple of pretty good sunburns, the sounds of sea birds, and a beautiful sunset.

And there’s nothing on the agenda for tomorrow.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. William R Moore permalink
    April 9, 2012 12:43 pm

    Ralph, Glad you remembered to stay focused on the important big picture.

  2. Loretta Perno permalink
    April 9, 2012 2:02 pm

    Gosh, that sounds like a perfect day to me. Hopefully I won’t be too far behind Nell in the retirement department. Hope to meet up with you somewhere downthe road.

  3. Jeremy Neel permalink
    April 11, 2012 7:58 pm

    Ralph, that painting in the recent post of the shore looks great!
    Nell, glad your fishing went well. i expect a marlin next time! 🙂

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